Woman of Substance looks beyond the statistics to reveal the human and social problems encountered by pregnant and parenting addicts seeking treatment. Women of Substance features women addicts seeking treatment, recovering in model programs and serving prison sentences for being addicted to drugs while pregnant. Their personal stories reveal the severity of our health care crisis. Produced by Rory Kennedy and Robin Smith (Washington, DC). In Crack Clouds Over Hell's Kitchen by Educational...
This epic television series initiated a whirlwind of discussion and debate when it was first broadcast to a national audience in China in 1988. Excerpts from a six part Chinese documentary series: Xia Jun/director; Su Xiaokang and Wang Luxiang/script.Made in the period of maximum openness and press freedom, it utilized an experimental and expressive text and score to review China's past and future prospects. Subsequently banned, its scriptwriter was among the most wanted intellectuals after the... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
From One Prison: Part 1: Women in jail for killing abusive husbands, Youre daughter is here- young women at a detention center learn survival skills, Have You seen the Nueva Mujer Puertoriquena- puerto rican prisoners of war
Video artists and activists from the Los Angeles area probe the densely woven issues surrounding the rebellion following the Simi Valley verdict in the Rodney King case. This compilation looks at the South Central L.A. community since Watts, the persistence of police brutality, the meanings of "riot," and the aftermath of the rebellion. Produced by LAVA --Los Angeles Video Activists. (LA, CA)
A sensitive portrait of Elvia Alvarado, a campesino leader in Honduras who dedicated her life to organizing. Her story demonstrates the cruelty of poverty and how people can work together to change their reality. Produced by Laura Rodriguez and Rick Tejada Flores (Honduras/San Francisco, CA)
Anti-communism has been such a fixture of our conceptual landscape that many of us take it for granted. This film is lively compilation of clips from anti-communist propaganda films intercut with footage taken from an international conference at Harvard University in 1989. This show is an analytic and often humorous look at America's fear of red. Highlights of the tape include segments from a US propaganda film hosted by Ronald Reagan, Angela Davis on a network talk show discussing what... favoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Maria Hinojosa introduces this series. included are segments from Operation Bootstrap, documenting the industrialization program from Puerto Rico in the 1950's that predates NAFTA. Also, a segment from Onward Christian Soldiers, about an evangelical crusade in Latin America. Topics: MAria, Hinojosa, Puerto Rico, Latin America, Industrialization, Trade, NAFTA, Evangelical,...
Underground video was an important tool during the Marcos era and contributed to the Aquino revolution. In the rejuvenated atmosphere within traditional Philippine media institutions, President Aquino has become the protagonist in a soap opera and the brunt of ribald satiric humor. A skit on a weekly comedy show Six O'Clock News, where a genial Bush twists Aquino's arm for continued U.S. military bases. Next, an emotional melodrama uses double exposure and surreal juxtapositions to address the... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
The US media largely acquiesced during the Gulf War: military censorship, press restrictions and repression of dissenting voices became the norm for over two months. In short performance pieces, video artists express their desperation over the distortion of news. Don Rojas from the Amsterdam News looks at coverage in the African American community. Sut Jhally, UMass professor, Bill Schaap, from the Institute for Media Analysis and Jeff Cohen from Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting look at the...
Feminist home-girls offer an indestructible analysis of sex, class and gender attitudes in the Black and Latino communities as they inform the potential for cultural understanding and political liberation. Topics: Feminist, Feminism, Gender, Sex, Class, Politics, Black, Latino
Our History: La Historia de todos nosotros is a look at past labor history in Puerto Rico through the eyes of several retired workers. Produced by Marcia Riviera and the Centro de Estudios de la Realidad Puertoriqueña. El Paro Va! The Strike is On! A struggle against the privatization of telephone service on the island of Puerto Rico led to a successful general strike and the government agreed not to sell. Produced by Cynthia Lopez and La Union Independente de Trabajadoras Telefonica.
Click to see Part 2: USA INCarcerated Visions of Freedom by Neal Morrison and Luana Plunkett and the Critical Resistance Production Collective.This program is an emotional and inspiring look at a growing movement of activists, artists and intellectuals who are mobilizing against the against the prison industrial complex. This tape highlights scenes from the historical Critical Resistance Conference held in Berkeley, California in September, 1998. With Angela Davis, Fred Ho, and others. Filled...
Whose America is it, anyway? This program starts off with a blunt question addressed by a black reporter in Somerville, MA., to a white police officer in town, "Do you think racism exists in Somerville?" From there the video tape shows a striking demonstration of police brutality in cases from "Lynch: Who Killed Michael Stewart?" to "The Day the Klan Marched." Made long before the Rodney King video, this program is a hard look at police brutality. Produced by Shu... Topic: deep dish tv
Part one of a twelve part series from Deep Dish TV on the war in Iraq. The programs address the implications and consequences of the recent military actions in Iraq and shows how people are mobilizing to deal with the issues raised by the war. To see other parts in this series, click: Part 1: The Real Face of Occupation Part 2: Standing with the Women of Iraq Part 3: National Insecurities Part 4: The Art of Resistance Part 5: Dance of Death Part 6: Erasing Memory - The Cultural Destruction of... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews ) Topics: iraq, war, shock and awe, middle east
In the media coverage of the Persian Gulf War, even the pretense of a separation between the press and state was abandoned. This show explores the relationship between corporate sponsorship and media censorship via coverage of the "Challenge the Media" demonstration in NYC in January 1991. FAlR's Renu Nahata slices through the hype of mainstream Gulf War media coverage while Camcorder Commandos show the networks a thing or two about investigative journalism, exposing the links between... Topics: Gulf War, Middle East, Media, Art, Globalization, Youth, Mass Media, Popular Culture, Peace,...
Part of the series: The Lannon Foundation Presents Writers Uncensored. Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz reflects on his life and career as an emigre, diplomat and internationally acclaimed writer, talking about the role of poets in the politics of our time. Topics: Czeslaw Milosz, poetry, social consciousness, politics, immigration, Lannon Foundation
This program features five lesbians sharing their experiences, memories and personal histories concerning lesbian health care in San Diego, Calif. Today, many lesbians see health care as the number one priority in the lesbian and gay community. As health care professionals, artists and activists, these women advocate for lesbian rights, demonstrate safer sex methods for lesbians and hold annual lesbian health fairs - where many lesbians receive their first pelvic exam. Produced by : HAVACOW...
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Seattle's Independent Media Center's Showdown in Seattle: Five Days that Shook the WTO: A five part series featuring on-the-ground, non-corporate perspective and in-depth analysis on world trade issues, popular resistance and the police repression that you won't find elsewhere. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
This program profiles ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power), the effective and inventive national AIDS activist organization. In 1989, ACT UP, a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals united in anger and committed to direct action to end the AIDS crisis, spawned DIVA-TV (Damned Interfering Video Activists) to organize independent video makers involved in AIDS activism. Working collectively to produce images of ACT UP's often massive, always colorful, protests, DIVA-TV is a prime... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
With the December 10th, 1989 demonstration by ACT UP and WHAM! (Women's Health Action and Mobilization) at St. Patrick's Cathedral as its focus, Like a Prayer is more than a simple documentation of that event. This show explores the many issues that were cause for the action - as well as those resulting from it - while charting the course of events both inside and outside the church. Like a Prayer is composed of several sections including an analysis of the demonstration as it was portrayed in... ( 1 reviews )
From Staten Island -- home of the world's largest landfill -- comes an in depth examination that explores the roots of an ever-increasing problem and looks at solutions beyond recycling. It raises such crucial questions as: Why is there so much of it? Who makes it and where does it go? What are people doing about it in their communities? Coordinating Producer: Caryn Rogoff, in collaboration with Staten Island Community TV (Staten Island, NY )
Native women have historically been objectified and stereotyped in popular culture. Only recently are the voices and visions of Native women emerging in media. This program celebrates the new generation of Native women active in film and video who are reclaiming the image, ability and power of Native women to define their own identities in the world. Coordinating Producers: Suzanne Henry, Luz Guerra and Claudia Sperber for the Women's Media Project (Austin, Texas)
A comprehensive critical analysis and re-evaluation of Latin American history by Latin Americans is the focus of this compilation program. The issues addressed here include the present historical situation of Latin America, the arrival and imposition of white European male power structures, and popular resistance against the many forms of colonization. Coordinating Producer: Raul Ferrera Balanquet for the Latino Midwest Video Collective (Iowa City, IA).
Personal vignettes on health care are featured in this short video from a lesbian perspective. Topics include Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, AIDS and breast cancer. Produced by DYKE TV (NY, NY). favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
byJeanne Kracher and Dalida Maria Benfield, Michael Thompson and Brett Stockdill
Prisoners receive inferior health care because they, for the most part, come from oppressed communities and thus are seen as expendable. This, along with the fact that prison health care policies are rooted in larger patterns of punishement rather than rehabilitation, contributes to an extremely low standard of care for people who are incarcerated throughout various prison systems. Produced by Women in the Directors Chair with Jeanne Kracher and Dalida Maria Benfield, Michael Thompson and Brett...
This ten-part series is a response to the use of public access channels by white supremacists, addressing the controversy that ensues between civil rights and civil liberties. The debate reached its peak in Kansas City, Missouri when the Ku Klux Klan applied for time on the local access channel. The city council, in response to city-wide pressure, voted to give up their access channel rather than accept Klan programming. Facing a possible law suit by access users, the city council eventually...
Native American producers focus on issues of land use and abuse. A look at the struggle of indigenous peoples to preserve rain forests, the exploitation of natural resources on Indian land, and issues of land stewardship vs. ownership from a Native American perspective. Coordinating Producers: Beverly Singer with Louise Gluck (NY, NY)
Poor and non-white communities, from Bhopal to Brooklyn, are the most frequent targets of environmental hazards. This program examines the phenomenon of environmental racism and shows what grassroots movements are doing to redefine issues such as housing, education and health as environmental concerns. Coordinating Producer: Ada Gay Griffin for Third World Newsreel (NY, NY)
All kinds of people nationwide are suffering from the severe shortage of affordable housing. A unifying thread connecting the tapes in this show is that the producers allowed people to speak for themselves. Squatters in "Gentrification On the Lower East Side", neighborhood people forced out of their homes by General Motors in Poletown Lives!, and community organizers in "Take Back the Hill: The Rebirth of a Neighborhood" articulates their anger and frustration about the... Topic: deep dish tv
Internationally acclaimed author Alice Walker talks about growing up poor in rural Georgia and the experiences that led her to become a writer. She also reads excerpts from her best known novel. Part of a ten half-hour shows in which some of the greatest writers of our time, including two Nobel Laureates, challenge the assumptions of traditional realities. Series produced by Lewis MacAdams and John Dorr.
Video artist and teacher Martha Rosler looks at the media portrayal of Mary Beth Whitehead and Mr. Sperm in the debate over property rights to a baby girl and control of women's bodies. Produced by Paper Tiger TV (NY, NY)
Renee Tajima, writer and co-director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Who Killed Vincent Chin?, takes on Hollywood portrayals of Asians and Asian-Americans through the ages. Charlie Chan go home! Produced by Paper Tiger TV (NY, NY).
Women's work in access exposes viewers to alternative images of women's lives and helps audiences see how insidiously sexist most network TV is. This show includes work from three women's cable groups: Video women in Pittsburgh, Women's Video Collective in Boston and The Women's Cable Consortium in Tucson. Produced by Martha Wallner and Adrienne Jenik (NY, NY) Topic: deep dish tv
Part four of a twelve part series from Deep Dish TV on the war in Iraq. The programs address the implications and consequences of the recent military actions in Iraq and shows how people are mobilizing to deal with the issues raised by the war.To see other parts in this series, click: Part 1: The Real Face of Occupation Part 2: Standing with the Women of Iraq Part 3: National Insecurities Part 4: The Art of Resistance Part 5: Dance of Death Part 6: Erasing Memory - The Cultural Destruction of... Topics: iraq, war, shock and awe, middle east
Part six of a twelve part series from Deep Dish TV on the war in Iraq. The programs address the implications and consequences of the recent military actions in Iraq and show how people are mobilizing to deal with the issues raised by the war. To see other parts in this series, click: Part 1: The Real Face of Occupation Part 2: Standing with the Women of Iraq Part 3: National Insecurities Part 4: The Art of Resistance Part 5: Dance of Death Part 6: Erasing Memory - The Cultural Destruction of... Topics: iraq, war, shock and awe, middle east, cultural destruction, looting
This show presents five music videos from Panama and Brazil. Unlike most MTV-style music videos in the U.S., many video artists in Latin America are using music video as a form to express their cultural and political realities. Topics: Panama, Brazil, MTV, Latin America, Music Videos
Part of the series: Behind Censorship: The Assault on Civil Liberties. With high humor and a visceral insight, this examination of the sexuality and reproductive life of women takes us from Reubens to Sadie Benning. Complex with debate about pornography and the role of law, these sex workers, young mothers and women engaged in self-help make it clear: Their bodies are theirs. Topics: Censorship, Civil Liberties, Sexuality, Reproductive, Reubens, Sadie Benning, Pornography, Sex...
Part of the series: The Lannon Foundation Presents Writers Uncensored. Mexico City: home of the Nobel Prize winning poet Octavio Paz and Latin American essayist Carlos Fuentes. For both writers, Mexico City, the largest metropolitan city in the world, becomes a metaphor for all that is right and all that is wrong with contemporary society and culture. Topics: Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes, poetry, Mexico, Mexico City, social change, Lannon Foundation
As Part of the National Coming Out of the Shadows week of action in support of the Dream Act, Student Dreamers from Lehman College shared their stories on the school quad. As undocumented youth fighting for their rights, the Lehman Dreamers told the world why they are "Undocumented, Unafraid and Unapologetic". Topics: Undocumented, Students, youth, Dream Act, Coming Out of the Shadows, Unafraid, Unapologetic, Lehman...
Latino writers, musicians, painters and performers seize the TV screen and remind us to listen to Latino voices to hear our own conscience. With Maria Hinojosa. Topics: Latino, Latina, Latin America, music, art culture, Mexico, Puerto Rico
An accelerated decline of the US economy, labor, housing and healthcare lie in the wake of the Gulf War. The billions spent on destruction in this war could have been spent on ecological projects, housing and education. This program includes: Michio Kaku, physicist; Adrienne Wing, National Conference of Black Lawyers; Dr. Yolanda Huet Vaughn, family practice physician who refused reserve duty in the Gulf; Michael Moore, director of Roger and Me, on the war and the auto industry; Seymour Melman,...
Penn State Dean Brian Winston surveys the dream logic of the nightly network news --what's news and what's not? And why do we get so many pictures of men getting out of limousines? Produced by Paper Tiger TV (NY. NY)
Warning Media May Be Hazardous to Your Health by Jenai Lane, protests against the subjugation of women in the media and beauty pageants. Mixed Messages by Kathryn Brew, video art. J. Mayne Reads Soap Opera Magazines by Paper Tiger, analysis of soap opera influences. Can You See Me Now by Holly Nattall. The Betucada Belles drum to Guayguanco a traditional Cuban rythym. We All Live Downstream: How Pollution on the Mississippi is effecting health by A. C. Warden and Karen Hirsch. Jungleland by... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
The Dilemmas facing the Iraqi people due to the currently imposed sanctions. Interviews and footage recently obtained in Iraq are interspersed with the work of several organizations with this issue, including MADRE. Produced by Madre, Simone Farkhondeh and Laura Flanders (NY, NY)
Si Se Puede traces the struggle for better wages and dignity among members of the Service Employees union in Los Angeles in 1990, where scores of peaceful protesters were met with police brutality. Days Work Productions (LA, CA) Daily News is Bad News is a first hand look at the Daily News union-busting tactics and workers' strategies for fighting back. Daily News reporter, Juan Gonzalez is featured along with an exclusive interview with publisher James Hoge. Produced by Labor at the...
In 1975, Indonesia invaded East Timor, using arms supplied by the United States. Nearly one-third of the Timorese population has since died. This activist document offers eyewitness accounts and analysis of how to end the occupation. Produced by the East Timor Action Network. (East Timor/NY)
In the past decade labor has been on the defensive. Lured by foreign plants and non-productive investments, major industries have been closing up shop or demanding major concessions from workers around the country. The impact of these pressures, and the labor organizing that has resulted, are seen in segments of programs such as "Canterbury Tale in the Coal Fields," a story of plant closings in Pittsburgh, and "The American Connection", an examination of the economic...
Every year for the past 101 years, San Antonio, TX, stages "Fiesta," a 10 day celebration to honor Texas' defeat of Mexico in the battle of San Jacinto --the Alamo, remember? This program takes Fiesta as a metaphor for the colonization of this predominantly Chicano city, and as an opportunity to explore Aztlan/Chicano identities. Coordinating Producers: Lizzie Martinez, Jim Mendiola and Brett Littman (San Antonio, TX)